Our Daughter’s PhD Graduation (And She Has a Job!)

Our Daughter’s PhD Graduation (And She Has a Job!)

Our Daughter's PhD Graduation

Last weekend we attended our younger daughter’s graduation from Lehigh University with a PhD in Physics. Our other daughter traveled from California to be there as well. It was a joyous, poignant, victorious occasion, and even though the event was held outside in the rain, our spirits couldn’t be dampened. She was the fourth to walk across the stage in this “hooding” ceremony.

Below you can see my photographs of the occasion, along with some of her friends in her cohort, as well as her advisor.

The other big news is she’s graduating with a job! She will start in a professor position in the fall at Colgate University.

We couldn’t be more thrilled about this. She wanted to teach in a small, rural, liberal arts school in the northeast, and that’s exactly the kind of job she landed. Plus this is an especially classy school (considered “a little ivy”), in an especially beautiful area, full of wonderful people.

This summer she’ll move into a tiny apartment within walking distance of the school, and buy a car.

We are so proud of how she’s handled herself and for all her hard work in bringing forward the kind of life she’s hoped for.


















her advisor






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  1. Sherri 4 weeks ago

    Impossible to look at with dry eyes. Thank you for sharing. So much good going on!

  2. Dilys 4 weeks ago

    Congratulations! What a wonderful ceremony and amazing outfit! Well done indeed.
    And an inspiring job too. Blessings all round x

    • Karen Ann Meyers 4 weeks ago

      What a wonderful occasion for your doctoral daughter and for you great parents to celebrate with two beautiful daughters. Truly an amazing new beginning and continuation of a very inspired career. Karen Meyers

  3. Jane Cheema 4 weeks ago

    Oh goodness!!! I am so proud ouf your darling daughter and of her entire family. What a remarkable and successful journey she has been on, and the happiness that she shows in the photos, reflect the happiness that surrounded her in the years that have passed and which will continue in the years ahead. Congratulations to both your darling daughters for their life’s choices and successes and to their wonderful parents as well.

  4. Joyce Alluan Ades 4 weeks ago

    Awesome! The ultimate achievement! Congratulations 🎈

  5. Carolyn Rusti Race 4 weeks ago

    Congratulations for an awesome achievement to your joyous daughter. Loved the happy pictures@

  6. Gillian 4 weeks ago

    Wonderful achievements – so much joy – WHAT a celebration!

  7. Joseph D Herring 4 weeks ago

    Congratulations to Dr Early!

  8. Isabel 4 weeks ago

    Ditto to all comments!

  9. Joan Wolcott 4 weeks ago

    Oh so exciting!!! Loved seeing ths moment for your daughter and family!!! She’s adorable and obviously so happy about this accomplishment! And I am sure you both are so happy, too! Big congrats to everyone! And to Colgate!!!

  10. Meg+Hanson 3 weeks ago

    An amazing accomplishment! Congratulations to your daughter. And her job sounds perfect too.


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